Suicide Prevention Education Programme

Facilitated by Leading Suicidologist Dr Annette Beautrais. Improve your knowledge and gain confidence when providing support and assistance for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.


This programme is only fully funded for those who attend the full programme. Please see terms before registering.

Facilitated by Leading Suicidologist Dr Annette Beautrais, PhD

Improve your knowledge and gain confidence when providing support and assistance for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

This comprehensive programme is a great opportunity for those who work in health, education or social service professions.

Dr Annette Beautrais is New Zealand's most experienced suicidologist, who has been working in suicide research, prevention and education for the past 27 years. She has published extensively and has won international awards for her research.

“The content and learning was incredibly valuable and I feel I have come away from this week with a lot of information and tools to be able to use." - Ambulance Officer

“This course has been very rewarding and provided me with [the] guidance and information that I required” - Teacher

"Professor Beautrais’ enthusiasm was impressive. In [my] 38 year association with tertiary education I have never met anyone with such knowledge in any area." - General Practitioner

Topics covered in this programme

•  Introduction, language, epidemiology, definitions, statistics and myths
•  Theories and history of suicide
•  Risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviour
•  Policy implications and national directives
•  Multi-level (systems) approaches to suicide prevention

•  High risk groups 1 - youth
•  School-based suicide prevention - best practice
•  High risk groups 2 - older adults
•  High risk groups 3 - Maori, Pasifika, other ethnicities
•  High risk groups 4 - rural people

•  Gender differences in suicidal behaviours - men, women, GLBTIQ
•  Non suicidal self-injuries (NSSI)
•  Comorbidity
•  Suicide and occupation
•  Media reporting about suicide and public health messaging
•  Suicide clusters and contagion

•  The role and work of DHB/PHO suicide prevention coordinators
•  Emergency departments and suicide prevention
•  Suicide risk screening and assessment
•  Safety planning
•  Public health approaches to suicide prevention

•  Brief interventions and E-health initiatives 
•  Suicide bereavement and postvention (support after a suicide)
•  Ethical considerations
•  Suicide and disasters
•  Stress and self-care - first responders, suicide workers, care workers
•  Interactive summary

Refreshments: Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Attendees will need to prepare their own lunch.

Please note: This programme is for people working with vulnerable individuals or at risk populations, and is not intended as a forum to discuss personal experiences. 


Terms of Programme

Registrants must be able to attend the full week of this programme.

This series is only fully funded for participants who are able to attend the programme in its entirety. Please note that non-attendance will be charged at a rate of $290 per day (or part thereof). 

Cancellations and Non Attendance

Due to the high demand of this programme, the following rates will be charged for late cancellations and non-attendance.

  • Cancellations made less than 15 working days will be charged $290.

  • Cancellations made less than 5 working days will be charged $580.

  • Cancellations made on the first day of the series (or non-attendance) will result in a $1450 charge.  

  • Non-attendance will be charged at a rate of $290 per day (or part thereof).

If applicable, these charges will be billed to the registrant using the details listed on the registrant's online registration form.

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